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November 15, 2022

CBF President Greg Boyle Recognized in Crain’s 2022 Notable Nonprofit Leaders

The CBF congratulates our colleague Greg Boyle, a Partner at Jenner & Block and this year’s CBF Board President, for his recognition as one of Crain’s 2022 Notable Nonprofit Leaders.

Greg has been a longtime leader in the CBF and the larger cause of access to justice for many years before stepping into the role of […]

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November 11, 2022

Congratulations to Our Newest JEP Grads!

Last week the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project celebrated the graduation of the June 2021 JEP cohort, the seventeenth cohort of participants to complete the 18-month program. This year’s graduates include Lee Ayers, Daniel Bruce, Amanda Carey, Daniel Johnson, and Aaron Korson. All five lawyers have built socially conscious law firms and innovative businesses that offer […]

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October 31, 2022

2022 Pro Bono Week a Big Success, and There are Many Ways You Can Get Involved Right Now!

Hundreds of lawyers, law students, and legal professionals came together during the 18th Annual CBA/CBF Pro Bono Week to celebrate the important pro bono work being done in our community and to learn more about new opportunities to make an impact in the months ahead. Whether you were able to participate in one of the […]

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October 19, 2022

How to be Perfect—the Lawyer Version

The genesis for the tongue-in-cheek headline for this post is a great book I read earlier in the year by Michael Schur, who was the creator of the television series The Good Place. In the book, How to Be Perfect, Schur takes a tour of the various philosophical schools of thought for how we can be […]

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October 18, 2022

CBF Legal Aid Academy Continues to Provide Top-Notch Training for Dedicated Advocates

Chicago is fortunate to have scores of outstanding lawyers working in legal aid and providing top-notch representation to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. However, these lawyers often face challenges in accessing the training and professional development necessary for them to grow and thrive in their careers, and that is where the […]

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October 17, 2022

Our Supreme Thanks and Congrats

It is an exciting time for our Illinois Supreme Court as Chief Justice Anne Burke completes her term and soon thereafter will retire after a distinguished career on the bench, Justice Mary Jane Theis becomes our new Chief Justice next week, and Justice Joy Cunningham will soon become the newest member of the Supreme Court.

We […]

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September 29, 2022

Pro Bono Week 2022 is Just a Few Weeks Away!

Pro Bono in CommunitiesMonday, October 24 at 12:00 p.m.

Hear from the Center for Disability & Elder Law, the Legal AidSociety Communities Partnering 4 Peace Program, the ChicagoBar Association’s Lawyers in the Classroom program, andthe Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section abouthow you can give back in your communities. The panelistswill share the impactful work their […]

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September 29, 2022

Football and Access to Justice, Part Deux

By Bob Glaves | CBF Executive Director

Football is back and off to a rousing start (we even had the butt punt last weekend!), and one of the storylines playing out at the start of the season has some resonance on the access to justice side too.

Two of the game’s biggest stars, including the best player […]

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September 28, 2022

Welcome, Sunitha!

The CBF is excited to introduce the newest member of our team, Sunitha Vallinayagam. She will be joining the CBF as our new Programs & Administrative Coordinator. In this role, Sunitha will be responsible for supporting the leadership team, assisting in program management, and helping coordinate the work that is crucial to a well-functioning office.

A […]

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September 27, 2022

jep logoThe Opportunity of a Lifetime!

Are you a lawyer interested in obtaining the skills and resources necessary to build an innovative and successful law practice targeting the middle market? Are you interested in making a positive impact on your community as a social entrepreneur? Do you value autonomy and wellbeing? If yes, then the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) might be a […]

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